By Michael T. Bello
Published Sep 19, 2014 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 19, 2014 at 7:21 PM ET

Bowdoin CollegeBrunswick, ME — Last season, Bowdoin finished by placing 3rd in the Walker Cup. At championships, 2014 graduate Michaela Martin was presented with the Wetzel Award, given annually to a senior who began playing squash in college and has progressed to a high level of skill, demonstrates sound understanding of the game, and exhibits good sportsmanship and a positive demeanor on the court. In total, Bowdoin lost 2 players from its Team Championship ladder to graduation. This season, 4 first-year students are joining the team and former #1 Torey Lee is returning. The team is looking forward to the utilizing the renovations done to the Lubin Squash Center. To improve, Bowdoin needs more success at the bottom of its line-up. The Polar Bears’ top and middle 3 captured 51% and 52% of their matches, respectively. However, the bottom 3 only captured 36% of matches. Look for Bowdoin’s large senior class to to be extremely motivated this season.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 8-12

Final Ranking: 19

Team Championships: 3rd in the Walker Cup (C Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 2 of 5… Position with the Most Wins: #3s had 14 Wins

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Tomas Fortson

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Rachel Barnes (2015); 2. Sarah Nelson (2017); 4. Alden Drake (2015); 5. Chloe Polikoff (2017); 6. Sara Wlodarczyk (2015); 8. Emily Simonton (2015 – NESCAC All-Academic); 9. Lila Wright (2016); 11. Nicole Ampatey (2016)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 3. Michaela Martin (2014 – Wetzel Award Winner, CSA Scholar Athlete, NESCAC All-Academic, NESCAC All-Sportsmanship); 7. Christiana Whitcomb (2014 – NESCAC All-Academic); 10. Natalie LaPlant (2016, studying abroad – NESCAC All-Academic)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Torey Lee (2015)
  • Expected to play in the 4 – 9 range: Diya Chopra (2018); Alex Moreno (2018); and Tully Ross (2018)
  • Other addition: Maggie Bland (2018)

Captains: Torey Lee, Sara Wlodarczyk, Sarah Nelson, Rachel Barnes, Alden Drake, and Emily Simonton

Team Goals: To have a great time, get better and compete well

Key Matches: All matches

To read other team previews, please visit the 2014-2015 College Squash Season Previews page.